Posted: January 10, 2022
  • This program is currently closed.



Type of Program:



Digital Link Ontario is aimed at building information and communications technology (ICT) talent for the emerging technology sectors of Ontario by improving education-to-employment transitions and investing in recent graduates’ employability.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $3000 per placement. The company will receive the incentive at the end of the four months period, about 4 to 6 weeks after providing a copy of the recent graduate’s payroll records.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Companies must:

  • Have a minimum of 2 paid employees on staff and a maximum of 499 employees (some exceptions may be made for larger companies with smaller departments struggling to find ICT/digital talent);
  • Have the capacity to provide a paid placement, onboard and support the recent graduate to set him/her up for success;
  • Provide the graduate with a full-time (a minimum of 30 hours per week), paid placement in an ICT/ digital skills-focused role for at least 4 months – graduate must be hired as an employee and put on the company payroll;
  • Operate and provide a workplace in Ontario;
  • Have general liability insurance;
  • Advance the graduate’s ICT digital and business skills relevant to employment in emerging technology.

Graduates must:

  • Be either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Reside in the province of Ontario
  • Have graduated within 18 months of the start date of the placement from a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Be unemployed or underemployed at the time of application

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must:

  • Apply for the incentive before they hire or place a grad;
  • Provide a copy of the recent graduate’s payroll records at the end of the four months period

Other Things to Note:

Program no longer active at the beginning of 2021.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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